Yes really. November 12th really is National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day. It's also Chicken Soup For The Soul Day. Oh and I wouldn't want to forget to wish you a Happy Split Pea Soup Week and a Happy Georgia Pecan Month and a Happy Good Nutrition Month and a Happy Peanut Butter Lovers Month and a Happy National Pepper Month and a Happy Raisin Bread Month and last but not least, a Happy Vegan Month. November 12th is (or falls within) all of that.
It seems every month, week and day of the year is dedicated to the celebration of a certain kind of food or diet regiment. One of the things every President does when he gets to the oval office is sign his name on the approval for a bunch of food holidays (those would be the national holidays like the National Split Pea Soup Week and the National Pepper Month). If that's not enough certain mayors and governors are also in on the act and have signed into law several other food holidays which is why National Deep Fried Clams day ironically falls within Vegan Month.
But make no mistake, these are all official holidays. They may not all be official in your state or town and you aren't going to get a day off or vacation pay in their honor but they're real. It's not like some people on the internet are sitting around making them up.
And our elected public officials have approved some really weird holidays. Tomorrow's National Indian Pudding Day (I'm not even sure I know what that is). The 18th is National Vichyssoise Day. The day after that is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day (did Coke & Pepsi actually lobby for this?) and I cannot WAIT for March 28th which is Something On A Stick Day (although that's not a National holiday, some mayor or Governor must have approved that one).
The politicians don't invent these holidays. Someone has to petition them. The big question is who. Who took the time to petition the President of the United States to make April 4th National Cordon Bleu Day? And Why? Why would anyone feel that this is a worth while and valuable exercise? Why don't the presidents ever mention these requests in the memoirs they all seem to write once leaving office? How come none of them have started a chapter with, "Ah, I remember the day I made May National Gazpacho Aficionado Month. That was such a poignant moment in my presidency." Or even, "The day I saw the petition asking me to make June 10th National Black Cow Day I remember thinking WTF?"
But these are questions that we are likely never to have the answer to. We will forever ponder them just as we may always ponder what things were like before the birth of our universe.
In the meantime make yourself a cup of chicken soup and another cup of split pea soup, order a pizza with everything (except anchovies) for dinner, serve some nutritious, vegan Raisin Bread made with a dash of pepper and smeared with peanut butter for dessert and snack on some nutritious Georgia pecans. You have a lot of celebratory eating to do.
And in case you want to keep track of these important days click this link. I know how essential it is to stay informed about this stuff.
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